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ICANN Issues Call for Transfer Dispute Resolution Service Providers

ICANN is seeking expressions of interest from dispute resolution service providers wishing to handle second-level dispute resolution proceedings under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and the corresponding Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy.

The final version of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy will be announced by ICANN shortly. Draft versions of the five documents that constitute the policy can be found at <>.

Organizations seeking approval as service providers under the Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy should take the following steps:

  1. Become familiar with the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and the corresponding Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy.
  2. Submit an application by email to ( and by postal mail:
Dispute Resolution Service Provider Applications
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601 USA

Applications should contain:

  1. An overview of the applicant's capabilities and background in providing alternative dispute-resolution (ADR) services, including a description of the applicant's track record of handling the clerical aspects of expedited ADR proceedings.
  2. A description of the qualifications of the panelists the applicant proposes to utilize.
  3. A description of training and educational measures the applicant proposes to employ for panelists with respect to transfer disputes, the relevant policy, and the associated rules.a
  4. A copy of the applicant's proposed supplemental rules (including fee schedule).
  5. Documentation of applicant's proposed internal operating procedures. If requested, ICANN will hold this documentation in confidence.
  6. A description of how the applicant proposes to administer proceedings, including its interactions with registries, registrars, ICANN, and other approved providers.
  7. Description of how the applicant intends to publish decisions of panels in proceedings it administers.
  8. A proposed schedule for applicant's implementation of its program for administering proceedings under the policy, including a statement of applicant's administrative capacity in terms of number of proceedings initiated on a monthly basis.
  9. A statement of any limitations on the number of proceedings that applicant handles, either during a start-up period or on a permanent basis. In general, ICANN will examine the applications to determine whether the applicant has demonstrated its ability to handle proceedings in an expedited, global, online context in an orderly and fair manner.a Any questions from potential Transfer Dispute Resolution Service Providers should be directed to ICANN's Chief gTLD Registry Liaison, Tina Dam

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